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Boating News at a Glance:

NOAA’s Paper Nautical Charts Are Here To Stay
April, 2014 | Boating Industry

The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World
April, 2014 |   org. posting Feb 2014

Monster Tower Unveils New Website
April, 2014 | Boating Industry

Rest in Peace Hobie Alter – The Passing of a Legend
March, 2014 |

Free Lake Union mobile pumpouts may not be so free
March, 2014 | Three Sheets NW

Boost for boaters & clean water in Gig & Q.M. Harbor
March, 2014 | Port Orchard Independent

'World's oldest yacht' excavated from island cellar
March, 2014 | BBC News

Brunswick Announces Partnership with Boatbound
March, 2014 | Brunswick News

Fishing & boating community calls on Congress to revamp fisheries:  March, 2014 | Boating Industry

Does Your Red VHF Radio DISTRESS Button Work?
March, 2014 | Waggoner Cruising Guide

Grand Banks New Raised-Pilothouse 55 Aleutian RP
March, 2014 | GB World Press Release

Grand Banks Appoints Stan Miller as New NW Dealer
Feb, 2014 | GB World Press Release

Six of Seven Boats Sink after Marina Fire in La Conner
Feb. 2014 | KOMO News

Brunswick Goes National With Boater Education
Feb. 2014 | Boat Industry

Larson Boat announces new dealer: Lake Union Sea Ray
Feb. 2014 | Boat Industry

FUSION Electronics partners with Mastercraft
Jan. 2014 | Boating Industry

Second Wave Consignment Store Ebbing Away
Jan. 2014 | ThreesheetsNW

N.M.T.A. Now Producing NW Paddling Festival In May
Jan. 2014 | NW Paddling Festival - PR

Bremerton Marina Launches Innovative Cruising Club
Jan. 2014 | Bremerton Marina Press PDF

KingFisher Boats Acquires Pacific Northwest Builder
Jan. 2014 | Sea Magazine

King County Boaters Now Has Safe Flare Disposal
Nov. 2013 | ThreesheetsNW

Seabeck Marina On Its Way Back!
In March, a tugboat
brought in 450 feet of
breakwater which is a
huge step toward the
completion of the
marina project that's 
been underway for 

Boyer Halvorsen,
the owner of Seabeck
Marina, hopes to have the marina open sometime this summer. Full story at: Central Kitsap Reporter

Northwest Boating Information

Army Corps Of Enginners Announce Small Lock Opening Delay

by on 04/23/14

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially announces small lock opening will be delayed unit the 25th of April. See full release here. (PDF)

Small Lock Opening Delayed

by on 04/22/14

April 22nd - Announcement from Hiram M. Chittenden Locks facebook page: 

The small lock maintenance is also taking longer than expected. We will hopefully be up and running by the end of the week. It's a busy week for maintenance so bear with us! We're sorry for any inconvenience however the large lock is still up and running for your use.

Multi-hull Slips Now Available at the Port of Friday Harbor

by on 04/22/14

Friday Harbor Marina announced there are now multi-hull slips available in the marina as a result of their multi-year project. There are also a few 30? and 40? permanent year-round moorage slips available. View port link...

Coast Guard Rescues sailboat near Port Townsend

by on 04/21/14

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescues a man after his sailboat overturned near Port Townsend, Wash., April 19, 2014. View video from

Tune up Your Boat Motor with Washington Sea Grant

by on 04/18/14

Washington Sea Grant and the Gig Harbor BoatShop at Eddon Boatyard is offering a Outboard Engine Maintenance Workshop June 11th, 2014 in Gig Harbor.

Learn the basics of simple and routine small outboard motor maintenance, including oil changes, fuel, lubrication, electrical inspection, and diagnosis of common problems.

View full announcement and details here - PDF File.



Washington Sea Grant Marine Weather Workshop

by on 04/15/14

When you’re out on the water, understanding the weather can be the difference between staying safe and being in trouble. Be prepared before you set with Washington Sea Grant and the Port of Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal.

This workshop covers storm structure, and avoidance, wave development and growth, fog and other Northwest marine hazards. Learn where to find reliable weather data and develop your weather knowledge.  Click here for details on the June 10th workshop.

2 boats damaged in fire on Lake Union

by on 04/11/14

SEATTLE — A fire damaged two boats moored on Lake Union early Friday. Firefighters were called to the marina at 1800 Westlake Avenue North about 12:25 a.m. The 36-foot boat was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Seattle firefighters put out the flames in about 20 minutes. See full story at KIRO News.

Seattle welcomes new Redden Marine Supply

by on 04/11/14

The popular marine supply chain is now opening its fifth retail location—a combined sales and distribution warehouse site on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. Just minutes from Fisherman’s Terminal, Elliott Bay Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina, the new facility supports Redden’s wholesale delivery network for its commercial fishing customers. The Seattle location also features an impressive retail storefront that suits one of the largest suppliers of equipment to boat owners and the recreational fishing industry. See full story at Boating Industry.


With 5 years of repairs complete, Adventuress is back at sea and ready for sailing programs

by on 04/11/14

PORT TOWNSEND — After a five-year, $1.2 million centennial renovation project, the schooner Adventuress is ready fo...r another 100 years of adventures.

“She's more sound now. She's safer and will handle a lot better now that it's all done,” said Daniel Evans, one of the vessel's alternating captains. “This is not just about this year, but 40 or 50 years into the future,” he added.

The 100-ton ship was strapped into a lift Friday at the Port Townsend Boat Haven and transported about 50 yards from its winter berth into the water.

Sailing programs start this week and last through October, although they could extend later into the year, Evans said. See Peninsula Daily News for full story.

Chip Hanauer | "A Gathering of Small Boats."

by on 04/05/14

Join The Boat Guy at Dock Street Marina in Tacoma, Saturday, April 12, 2014 for “A Gathering of Small Boats” (aka Trawler Time in Tacoma). Chip will give a talk in the afternoon titled “It’s Not About The Boat, It’s About The Float.” The presentation will “focus” on boating, floating, and “going slow,” as well as some hydroplane racing and being a fourth-generation Northwesterner. Chip’s talk is tentatively scheduled to begin between 1:30 and 4pm. Click here for more details:

Tugboat Fire in Ballard

by on 04/02/14

SEATTLE — Seattle firefighters battled a tugboat fire at Fishermen's Terminal in Ballard. Everyone on board safely evacuated the 100-foot boat at 1900 West Nickerson Street. The fire broke out around 3 p.m. Wednesday and quickly escalated to two alarms.  See raw video at KIRO TV.

Operation Dry Water 2014 | Resgistration Open

by on 04/01/14

Registration is now open for Operation Dry Water 2014. Sign up to join thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement officers and recreational boating safety advocates in this year’s nationwide boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign 27-29 June. View more details here...

Seafair is bring back the fireworks show for Albert Lee Cup

by on 04/01/14

Seafair announces some exciting news for the 2014 Seafair Hydro races.

In celebration of the 65th anniversary, Seafair is bringing back the fireworks over Lake Washington! On Seafair Weekend Saturday, Genesee Park’s ...gates will stay open until 11 p.m. and guests are encouraged to stay into the evening for continued programming as Seafair turns summer up. Saturday night’s festivities will feature a concert, starring a notable headliner who will kick things off, leading up to a spectacular fireworks show.

View Seafair Week-end Hospitality PDF file:



A big boost for boaters and clean water in Gig and Quartermaster harbors

by on 03/28/14

VASHON — Boaters docking at Vashon Island’s Quartermaster Marina or Gig Harbor’s new Maritime Pier this season will find a welcome new amenity: a state-of-the-art au...tomated pumpout station, making it easy for them to empty their onboard waste tanks cleanly and safety rather than breaking the law and endangering both shellfish and human health by dumping overboard. >>> See full story at Port Orchard Independent.

Small Locks to Close April 4th, 2014 for Annual Pump-out.

by on 03/24/14

Small locks annual pump-out starting April 4th, 2014. Large locks will be in operations during this time. Should be completed by the 18th of April.

Youth Sailing Open House

by on 03/20/14

Youth Sailing Open House —Find out how kids can sail this summer, and for a lifetime!

Learn about a variety of programs from more than a dozen youth sailing organizations

Sail Sand Point, Magnuson Park, Saturday, April 19, 2014

Click here for more details...

Washington Boat owners dumping derelict boats

by on 03/19/14

Washington Boat owners dumping derelict boats and leaving tax payers with the bill. See the full March 13th, 2014 story from KIRO TV News...

First Aid at Sea Class | USCG-approved

by on 03/18/14

2014 Washington Sea Grant Press Release:
Learn First Aid at Sea | Bellingham
April 23rd, 2014 | 8am to 5pm

Coast Guard-approved First Aid at Sea class, cosponsored by Washington Sea Grant and the Port of Bellingham at Squalicum Boat House.

Topics covered will include CPR, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold-water near-drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization, first aid kits, and more.

Commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, and anyone else who wants to stay safe on the water.

Squalicum Boat House
2600 Harbor Loop
Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham

$80 ($40 for commercial fishermen)

To register or for more information, contact Sarah Fisken, Washington Sea Grant, 206-543-1225,

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to make a number of changes to the Aids to Navigation for Shilshole Bay Entrance

by on 03/14/14

These changes are proposed due to consistent discrepancy status of the Shilshole Bay Entrance Range. To correct these discrepancies would entail the removal and brushing of a vast number of tress at the Commodore Park, and on private property. This proposal is designed to eliminate the need to remove the foliage and still provide navigational safety at the entrance. View our Notice to Mariners page for more informtiaon.

Drone Captures Stunning Birds’-eye Video of Dolphin Superpod

by on 03/10/14

Have you seen this video? Pretty cool...Check it out.
Published on Feb 25, 2014

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California, at g...reat personal risk, has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, and heartwarming close-ups hovering over a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby, filmed recently in Maui.  >>> View Video <<< 

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